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Can California rebuild with a better plan for the fires that will come again?

The 2017 Northern California wildfires, which have damaged or destroyed over 8,000 homes and buildings, scorched more than 200,000 acres, displaced 100,000 and killed at least 42 people, are, as Governor Jerry Brown put it: “one of the greatest tragedies California has…
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When the Sheep Turn Black with Soot, War’s Toxic Legacy Can No Longer Be Ignored

The battle for Mosul has left the city shrouded in smog

The smoke that billowed from the burning oil fields was so thick it blocked out the sun. By the time I reached Qayyarah, where Islamic State fighters had set fire to 19 oil wells, a film of black soot had settled over the Iraqi…
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Drink Tequila if You Want, but Then Go Plant for the Bugs

As insect numbers plummet worldwide, inaction isn't an option

From time to time, insects make the news. For example, the bark beetle has snagged headlines as its range has increased due to warming temperatures, leading to the decimation of large tracks of North American forests. Other wild invertebrates, like the western…
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Amplifying Women’s Voices in the Fight for Climate Justice

New initiative highlights on-the-ground climate solutions that uplift women’s leadership

On Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, journalist, activist, and mother of six Cherri Foytlin is a tireless fighter for climate justice, taking on huge entities threatening the health and ecosystems of Gulf Coast communities. She leads the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life)…
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Tyson Foods Linked to Largest Toxic Dead Zone in US History

America's largest meat producer must clean up its act and incentivize improvements in livestock feed production

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For the past four years, I have spent much of my time documenting wildfires and post-fire wildlands in California — strikingly beautiful forests, shrublands, and grasslands that are full of life. On the night of October 8, 2017, the wildfires of Sonoma…
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